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The DEA is reversing its intent to ban a Southeast Asian alternative to opioids

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is reversing its intent to ban kratom, a move some experts call "shocking," the Washington Post reported. The DEA announced a temporary federal ban on kratom — a Southeast Asian plant used to alleviate pain and stress and sometimes used as a stimulant — on August 31. The organization said it was planning to list kratom's active ingredients as Schedule I within the Controlled Substances Act.
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